Museveni said that Uganda’s decision to construct roads in Congo is aimed at boosting trade between the two countries.
While addressing the nation during the 58th independence celebrations held at the State House on Friday, President Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Museveni said that Uganda’s decision to construct roads in Congo is aimed at boosting trade between the two countries.
The President’s clarification comes days after a section of Ugandans have in recent days raised complaints why the government has decided to construct roads of another country yet there are still many roads in the country that need renovation and reconstruction.
Earlier this week, it was announced that the Ugandan Government and that of the Democratic Republic of Congo signed an agreement to work together on three key road networks connecting the two countries.
The cabinet approved construction and renovation of roads totalling to 1,182 kilometres in length including among others, the national road from Kasindi section at the border to Beni (80 km) and the integration of the Beni- Butembo axis (54 km ) to the national road and the Bunagana border to Rutshure to Gomba road about 89 km.
However, while responding to the complaints, Museveni who was first to emphasize that he is aware of the poor roads around the country explained that the roads they have pioneered to construct in Congo are aimed at boosting business between the two countries.
‘’I saw some shameless people in parliament saying, this stupid man Museveni; why are you building roads in Congo yet our roads have a problem? Yes, we have poor roads here but also have good roads. How can you stop me from partnering with DRC to develop roads there that support our trade? Terrible roads are hindering business,’’ Museveni emphasized.
The President also, explained that for government to build roads across the whole country, they need to first trade with countries like Congo to be in a position to generate resources and funds to be used in developing the home roads.
‘’To build the bad ones, we need to trade with Congo. It will enable get more resources to deal with the roads that we have not been able to do. How can anybody talk about this? It can even annoy our neighbours to abandon the move. It is not good.’’
The President further addressed the problem of a market that has left many Ugandans with nowhere to sell their produce. He said that this partnership will even widen the scope of the market for the country’s locally produced goods.
Mr.Tibuhaburwa Museveni said that even in the presence of the COVID-19 pandemic, Uganda’s economy has transformed to a level where the country will be self-sufficient and achieve sustainable economic growth and job creation.
The President explained that the number of sectors including agriculture and manufacturing is expanding at unprecedented rates with the estimated investment hitting US$ 1,191,230 million according to the financial year that ended in June which is a clear sign that the country needs more market for its produce.
‘’Uganda’s economy has transformed to a level where the Country will be self-sufficient and achieve sustainable economic growth and job creation. Point five (5) of the NRM 10-Point Programme is “Building an independent, integrated and self-sustaining national economy”. We have built a firm foundation to achieve this objective.’’